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Macedonian Press Agency: News in English, 01-07-26
From: The Macedonian Press Agency at http://www.mpa.gr and http://www.hri.org/MPA.
 A 5,7 R EARTHQUAKE IN SKYROSAthens, 26 July 2001 (10:36 UTC+2)
A strong earthquake of at least 5,7 R took place at 3:20 am, with an epicentre on the northern coast of Skyros, 135 km north of Athens, vibrated the Sporades Isles, Attiki, Evia, Magnisia, Thessalia, and Fthiotida.
Reports talk of slight material damages to the castle of Syros, where a rock came loose, and damaged three cars. No other damages have been reported in any of the other areas, while seismologists remain cautious on coming to any conlusions.
 SOCIAL PROTECTION FOR THE HANDICAPPEDthessaloniki, 26 July 2001 (12:27 UTC+2)
"Today, the Cabinet is sending a very significant message to Greek society as far as it concerns the handicapped, the people with special needs. After the Revisal of the Constitution, which has foreseen a special act on their rights, we are now specifying the measures, regarding the 2004 Olympics", stated the Minister of Culture, Evaggelos Venizelos, after the Cabinet meeting on the 2004 Olympics, the topic of which was the Special Olympics.
The Minister added that the govrenment wants "Greece, all areas of athletic infrastructure, cultural infrastructure, the Mass Transit System, all the transportation infrastructure to be friendly to and accessible by the handicapped."
Mr Venizelos then sent a message to 30-year-old Katerina Dontsidou, from Thessaloniki, whose neighbors do not allow buld a ramp in their building's entrance stairway, so that her flat is accessible with her wheelchair,. "We must not just say that we are ready to accept our fellow persons with all their characteristics, but to prove it with our actions, as a state and as individuals."
Parliament member, Giannis Magriotis, also expressed his sympathy with Ms Dontsidou, who, as he says, has experienced racism due to her handicap. "Katerina, I am with you. Nobody can limit your rights", stressed Mr. Magriotis.
Initiatives for the support of Katerina have been taken by the Center for Cultural Development and Adapted Athletics. The board and chairman of "KAPPA 2000", Stelios Aggeloudis, have unanimously decided the formal and economic settlement of the matter. "Katerina, to whom we all owe a great apology, through her brave stance, calls all handicapped people to lift social seclusion, to exercise their indisputable right to life and equal treatment from others and their equal participation in society," concluded Mr. Aggeloudis.
 GREEK CITIZENS POORLY INFORMED ON THE EUROThessaloniki, 26 July 2001 (14:29 UTC+2)
Greek citizens seem to be poorly informed regarding the Euro, a fact made evident from survey "Eurobarometer 55.0" which took place from March 5th until April 24th 2001 by the Research Group for the European Public Opinion, in the 15 member countries of the EU. Evidence shows that 73% of the 1005 (over the age of 15) asked have been minimally informed or know nothing about the Euro, while only 22,3% stated it is well informed and just 4,1% that they are very well informed. Groups with a higher level of education, higher income, people in managerial and high-ranking positions feel better informed about the Euro. Only 5,1% of the financially weak seem well informed in contrast to those asked with high income, the percentage of which is 35,2%. Also, men seem to be better informed than women.
 THE PUBLIC ORDER MINISTER DENIED THE EXISTENCE OF LISTS OF PROTESTERSAthens, 26 July 2001 (18:18 UTC+2)
Minister of public order Michalis Chrisochoidis briefed the responsible parliamentary committee today on the incidents in Genoa, two days after a request by the Coalition of the Left party to parliament president Apostolos Kaklamanis.
Mr. Chrisochoidis categorically denied the accusations according to which, the Greek government gave a list with the names of protesters to the Italian authorities, and pledged that the government will ask for explanations from Italy concerning the attitude of the Italian authorities toward the Greek protesters in Genoa.
He reminded that Italy had suspended the Schengen accord in view of the protest, adding that the Schengen system includes information on individuals that should be discreetly watched at a national level but the relevant Greek list is empty.
Mr. Chrisochoidis also mentioned that Greece did not respond to Italy's request for close cooperation on the occasion of the Genoa G8 summit meeting which caused Rome's discontent.
On the Greek police officers who went to Genoa, he stated that they were plain observers at the International Center of Operations, while on the two Greek protesters, who were arrested and then released, he said that they had a clean police record.
The representatives of the opposition parties in parliament, characterized the briefing as incomplete and the absence from the discussion of the Prime Minister and the Interior Minister was slated.
 OECD: THE GAP BETWEEN THE RICH AND THE POOR IN GREECE IS STABLEAthens, 26 July 2001 (17:39 UTC+2)
The gap separating the rich from the poor in Greece remains stable in spite of the "tight" fiscal policy and the stability measures implemented in the past 7 years that led the country in the EMU.
According to the Organization for the Economic Cooperation and Development, OECD, the income inequality in Greece continued in the 90s at the same levels that were recorded in the 1980s. Contrary, in countries like, Italy, Britain, Germany, France, Holland, and Sweden, and in other European countries, there is a big income inequality increase.
 BEGLITIS: MOBILITY ON CYPRUSAthens, 26 July 2001 (17:02 UTC+2)
Greek foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis characterized as positive the reference made to the Cyprus issue in the final communique issued by the G8, stressing that a special mobility is observed on behalf of UN secretary-general, Kofi Annan and his special envoy, Alvaro de Soto concerning Cyprus.
However, he clarified that there is no specific timetable for the resumption of the talks between the two communities, and added that there will be contacts on Cyprus on the sidelines of the UN general assembly.
Finally, he announced that Turkish Foreign Minister Ismail Cem is scheduled to visit Athens at the end of fall.
 GREEK INTERESTS ARE NOT AFFECTED IN SKOPJEAthens, 26 July 2001 (16:58 UTC+2)
The Greek government is concerned with the situation in Skopje and no Greek interests are affected, stated today foreign ministry spokesman Panos Beglitis commenting on the attack by Slavomacedonians against the Greek press center in the FYROM capital last Tuesday night.
Mr. Beglitis said that the attackers were extremist elements, placed within the framework of the Slavomacedonian population, who express an anti-West sentiment and should be put under control by the FYROM government.
Commenting on the contacts of NATO secretary-general representative, Peter Faith with the Albanian rebels, he stated that the move should not be interpreted as a legalization of the extremists, stressing that the contacts were necessary within the efforts for understanding leading to the ceasefire observance.
 GAINS IN THE ATHENS STOCK EXCHANGEAthens, 26 July 2001 (16:48 UTC+2)
Gains were recorded again today in the Athens Stock Exchange. The general index rose to +1.57% at 2.662,75 points, while the volume of transactions was explosive reaching 1.093,62 million Euro or 372.652 billion drachmas.
Of the stocks trading today, 283 recorded gains, and 45 lad losses, while the value of 45 stocks remained stable.
 EUREKO HOLDS 54,38% OF INTERAMERICANAthens, 26 July 2001 (15:05 UTC+2)
The majority, (54,38%) of Interamerican shares, controlled by D. Kontominas, were transfered today to the Eureko insurance group, through the Athens Stock Market. Eureko is expected to submit its request to the Capital Market Committee for Interamerican shares to be offered on the stock-market.
The price for each stock will be 7.067 drs. According to estimations, the shares will go public in mid August and completion of sales is expected in late September.
 PASOK:WE MOVE TOWARDS CONGRESS IN UNITYAthens, 26 July 2001 (13:12 UTC+2)
A good climate prevailed over yesterday's meeting of the members of the PASOK's Executive Office, where they discussed political developments and the course to the congress of the party. The Secretary of PASOK's Central Committee, Kostas Skandalides, stated that PASOK will reach the congress in unity, which will be even stronger after the meeting is over.
Furthermore, he expressed the belief, that members of PASOK's executive bureau face a common problem, and disregarding any differences they may have between them, they are determined to move forward together.
 SCIENTISTS OPRIMISTIC AFTER THE QUAKEThessaloniki, 26 July 2001 (11:21 UTC+2)
An aftershock of 5.3 R followed the earthquake of 5.7 R which rocked the island of Skyros in the Aegean sea.
According to the professor Papazahos, the earthquake was slightly stronger than 6 R and it is possible that it is part of the broader postseismical sequence following the Turkey earthquake of 1999. The earthquake set the General Secretariat for Civil Protection into motion, in order for damages to be recorded, but also to intervene where needed.
Even though the crucial 48 hours so as safe conclusions can be met, have not yet passed, the Director of the Geodynamic Institute of the Athens, Pr. Giorgos Stavrakakis, stated that this was probably the main earthquake, however the services should remain alert during the next 48 hours, since more powerful earthquakes have been recorded in the same area in the past .
Mr. Stavrakakis attributes the difference in his estimation of the earthquake's power from that of other seismological bodies, to the different methodology followed by each, while he does agree with Mr. Papazahos, that this earthquake is a consequence of the great Turkey earthquake of 1999.
 GREEK-ALBANIAN CONCERT IN TIRANATirana, 26 July 2001 (17:05 UTC+2)
About 12.000 people in Tirana had the opportunity yesterday to watch a concert by famous singer Konstantina from Greece, and Albanian Artiola Toska. The event was organized by the Greek embassy in Tirana under the auspices of Tirana mayor Enti Rama.
The concert was regarded as a major cultural event as the two artists are among the best and most popular in Greece and Albania.
 CHURCH TURNS INTO A BAR IN THE OCCUPIED PART OF CYPRUSNicosia, 26 July 2001 (16:41 UTC+2)
The church of Panagia Thermiotisa, at the Turkish occupied village of Thermia in northern Cyprus, will soon turn into a bar-restaurant, reveals the Turkish Cypriot newspaper "Avrupa".
The newspaper stresses that the monthly rent for the church is three million Turkish lire, pointing out that a Cyprus pound is sold in the occupied territories for two million Turkish lire.
 STATEMENTS ON GREECE BY THE US STATE DEPARTMENTWashington, 26 July 2001 (16:46 UTC+2)
A Greek correspondent raised questions of Greek interest to deputy spokesman Philip Reeker in the US State Department briefing of reporters.
Responding to a question concerning the statements made by new US ambassador to Athens, Thomas Miller before the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee according to which, it will be his priority to fight terrorism in Greece, Mr. Reeker said that Mr. Miller reiterated that terrorism is a high priority for all US ambassadors in the world and that the US government continues to cooperate with the Greek government on the issue as it does with all the countries in the world.
To the question that had to do with the fact that the Greek government was surprised by the US State Department report on the illegal trafficking of people, Mr. Reeker responded that this is a global phenomenon and is not limited in Greece, adding that the US government cooperates with friends and allies, like Greece, in order to deal with this tragic international problem.
 TWO GREEK AMERICAN STUDENTS AT THE UNNew York, 26 July 2001 (14:34 UTC+2)
Two students of the St. Dimitrios School in Astoria, John Douvelis and Jennifer Lamprou, represented the Greek-American community at the UN special General Assembly, of the organization. They took part as members of the non-governmental organization, "International Federation for the protection of the rights of ethnic, religious, language and other minorities".